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DV-350 as a CD player

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by clv101, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. clv101

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    Quick question, looking for a quick answer... how good is my Pioneer DV-350 at playing CDs?

    Is is as bad as a cheap portable CD player?
    Like an 10 year old mini system?
    Like a £60 CD separate?
    Or like a £120 CD separate?

    The plan is to pair it with a Marantz SR4300 so am I right in thinking that the CD audio output from the DVD player can use the optical digital connecter to the Marantz amp?

    These are the Sony E370's specs:
    Frequency Response 2-20,000 Hz, +/-0.5 dB
    Harmonic Distortion <0.0045 %
    Signal to Noise Ratio > 102 dB
    Dynamic Range > 93 dB
    Channel Separation > 100 dB

    And these are the specs for the Pioneer DV-350:
    Total Harmonic Distortion 0,0016 %
    Frequency Response 48 kHz 4 – 22.000 Hz
    Frequency Response 96 kHz 4 – 44.000 Hz
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB
    Dynamic Range 101 dB

    Does this make the Pioneer a better CD player than the two Sony players? What else features in this equation?
     
  2. WhyAyeMan

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    I tried my DV-350 alone and with a DAC. Alone it was not too shabby for its price I felt, rather decent. I couldnt really see a £100-odd player doing any better really. With the DAC, it shines though, really good sound quality through a decent DAC.
     
  3. clv101

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    Sorry I'm still rather new to this - when you say you tried it alone do you mean just connecting the pair of phono connectors into an amp and when you say using a DAC do you mean using the optical digital output into an amp with digital input?
     
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    Using phonos means the DACs in the player convert the bitstream into analogue and send it to the pre-amp bit of the amplifier. Using the digital out, the bitstream is sent directly to the amps DACs for decoding.

    So, it depends on which has the best DACs, I would guess at the player in this case but you have to try both to see.
     
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    Yeah. My Sony 530 CD player cost £130 and thrashes my Pioneer DV350.
     

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